ERIC Number: ED359812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Immigrant Voices: Pursuing an American Dream = Voces de inmigrantes: En busca de un sueno americano.
Mira Costa Coll., Oceanside, CA.
Dedicated to the 1.6 million Californians newly legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, this booklet summarizes interviews with 148 immigrants conducted as part of the Amnesty Education Outreach Project. The interviews included the following topics: why they came, their educational experiences, changes in their lives, their dreams, and opening doors to their dreams. In interviews at educational agencies throughout California, including public adult schools, community-based organizations, and community colleges, groups of six to eight students met with bilingual staff. Most responded in Spanish. This document is comprised of excerpts from those interviews. Of the 148 individuals interviewed, 94 were male and 54 were female. Nearly 50 percent had been attending classes for 1 year or less. Nearly two-thirds were employed, and most stated that they use English outside of class, primarily in work-related settings. More than two-thirds were enrolled only in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and civics classes. Two-thirds had children. Just over half of the children were currently attending school. Students reported needs in several areas: English language skills, finances, child care, transportation, and parking. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Amnesty Education Office.
Authoring Institution: Mira Costa Coll., Oceanside, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California